This time of year on West lakeshore drive is normally crowded with girls in dresses and heels and filled with the sound of bouncing and clapping sorority members.
But like all things this year, Sororities at LSU will get off to a drastically different start.
In late July, sorority and Panhellenic leadership made the unanimous decision to make recruitment 100% virtual due to the current situation with COVID-19.
“Thinking ahead and like thinking about, you know, are the numbers really going to get that much better in the span of three weeks," said the Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment, Emily wood. "What are we willing to risk? We just thought it would be better for everyone's health, you know peace of mind that it all be virtual,”
This decision was made to keep chapter members and participants as safe as possible. But like any other change, they will have to adjust quite a bit to make this happen.
Tatum Comeaux is a chapter member of Alpha Delta Pi this year, who explained to us the struggle of waiting for answers and a consistent plan with so much change going on.
“My friend’s like, ‘What are y'all doing?” and I'm like, ‘I really don't even know!’”, Comeaux said. “And that’s not even our chapter’s fault. I think it's just like, because they're having to deal with constant changes– like our recruitment chair will get a super solid plan in place like we’ll all understand it, and then she’ll be forced to change that. So it’s just kind of hard for everyone, like even the ones that are getting the most information.”
Regardless of uncertainty, rush will go on– and PHC leadership is stressing to potential new members that starting a sisterhood this way isn't actually so uncommon.
“There's no glitz and glam, there's no bouncing and clapping. It's just you and another person having a real conversation. And we've also tried to think about how people make relationships online all the time like dating apps, you know, virtual friendships over Instagram, Facebook, things like that– so it can happen,” Wood said. “And if you're having a one-on-one conversation with someone, that's really gonna show you who they are and what they're about. We really think that's going to be one of the great things about going virtual,”
Panhellenic recruitment is set to start via Zoom on August 17.